Festive treats 2011: The Nutcracker
We take a look at the most festive of ballets, including a trio of insightful videos.
Ludovic Ondiviela as the Nephew and Elizabeth Harrod as Clara in The Nutcracker © Johan Persson/ROH 2011
To celebrate the arrival of the festive season we’re highlighting our December productions, designed to enchant and thrill. The first sparkling item on our Christmas list is The Nutcracker.
The ballet equivalent of It’s a Wonderful Life, The Nutcracker is a joyful celebration of Christmas with a hint of darkness at its heart. If you haven’t seen our production the trailer is a good place to start to get a feel for it.
For the view from the stage, First Artist Leanne Cope talks about what it’s like to dance the lead role of “feisty” Clara, while Senior Stage Manager Johanna Adams tells us what it’s like to work backstage on The Nutcracker.
If it’s a close look at the costumes you’re after, Royal Opera House Collections contains details of a number of costumes from productions past.
Throughout December, our guest blogger Gavin Plumley will be dissecting The Nutcracker on his blog, Entartete Musik. Every day until Christmas Day, Gavin will be looking at everything to do with the ballet from the story to the staging and the music. He starts with his recommendations of which recordings to listen to.
The Ballet Bag have also produced a fantastic beginner’s guide to the ballet including background, a synopsis and information about the various different versions.
Next in this mini series, we’ll take a look at The Royal Opera’s La traviata.
Will you be seeing The Nutcracker or have you seen it in a prior season? What makes it the definitive Christmas ballet?